Among its many claims to fame is that the Dulwich Picture Gallery was the first purpose-built public art gallery in England and it is one of Sir John Soane’s architectural masterpieces. It houses a very fine collection of European and British paintings, which is augmented with special temporary exhibitions.
The special exhibitions this year kick off with Hockney, Printmaker (5 February – 11 May 2014), a show that marks the 60th anniversary of Hockney’s first print and encompasses all his styles and output, including his computer drawings. It will focus particularly on his lithographs and etchings showing his skill as a printmaker. Portraits and complete sets will be included. A great treat indeed.
This is followed by Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931 (4 June – 21 September 2014) which takes us on a ten year voyage that the Nicholson’s pursued from London to Switzerland, Cumberland and Cornwall, during which we follow their evolution as painters – her use of colour and Ben’s depiction of form and movement. It also shows for the first time this group of artists in context to each other and their artistic exchange over the ten year period.
Then in the late autumn is Painting Canada 2: Emily Carr and the Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast (1 November 2014 – 22 February 2015) a fitting celebration of this pioneering Canadian artist who is now widely recognised as the leading painter in 20th century British Columbian art. The exhibition follows her from 1912-1939 and includes her early sketch books and drawings, which feature important depictions of indigenous art, dark forest scenes and her later light-filled beach and sky scenes.